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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 10, 2011 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New to the forum...the mysterious joy of june 1985.

Hey, it's a reunion! I was at Cincy, too, and also the Merriweather Posts you mentioned. Did not make Pittsburgh. I think my boyfriend had to actually get back to work or something. Blossom's just outside of Cleveland, which is where I lived then, so I got to freshen up at my house. Nya nya nya nya nya :-)

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Mar 10, 2011 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New to the forum...the mysterious joy of june 1985.

Reunion indeed!
Cincy was fun! Spent alot of the day in the water park next door and then on into the show. Will always remember the great lightning display out over the river during the end of the first set. (or was it the beginnign of the 2nd set?)
I lived in DE (still do), so after the Hershey show on the 28th, I got to go home and sleep in my own bed for a couple of nights before heading out to Merriweather on the morning of the 30th. that was indeed a blessing after a week in a tent.
I also seem to recall taking the coldest shower of my life in a waterfall / stream somewhere near the venue in Saratoga. Felt great to be clean, but damn that water was coollldddd...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 10, 2011 10:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New to the forum...the mysterious joy of june 1985.

I remember that lightning! Don't recall when in the show, but the reviews mostly indicate it was 2nd set, and a lot of people remember it being during Samson. They have better memories than me, LOL. I thought it went on for a long time, like most of that second half.

I was at a couple shows where the weather got wild and the band seemed to be playing with the storm. But the only one where I actually remember a specific tune was Merriweather Post in '83 when lightning hit the sound system during Wharf Rat and Phil responded with these huge thunder bombs that just resonated like a force of nature itself. I think you can hear it here.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-06-20.fob-senn.sws.11931.sbeok.shnf

It was amazing the way they could turn what could really be a bummer -- you're at this show, wanting to dance in the summer warmth, and it's bloody raining on you! (or bloody raining on you AGAIN!) -- into something really exciting and fun. Like the storm was invited to be part of the band, or they were in a contest with it, or ... whatever you wanted to think.

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